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Cheerful coaching for the road to success
on June 26, 2003
Tracy's colorful quips and cheerleading helps people think in big, exciting terms. In the first three chapters, he quotes or cites himself, sales trainer Tom Hopkins, Mark McCormack, Victor Frankl (founder of logotherapy), Aristotle, Stanford University, billionaire H. L. Hunt, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, Alexander Graham Bell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Buddy Hackett, Gary Zukav, James Allen, Edward Banfield, peak performer Charles Garfield, and Peter Drucker - an eclectic mix of anecdotes and attributions. But there is not much substance or structure. There are plenty of clichés like, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: "One bite at a time."
He is brief if a bit too cheerful. For example, in Chapter Six, "Decide your major definite purpose," his short paragraphs include headings like "Activate your Reticular Cortex," "Red Sports Car," "Achieve Financial Independence," "Keep Your Feet on the Ground," "Don't Sabotage Yourself," and "Be Willing to Pay the Price."
He recommends writing goals in the present tense but including a deadline, creating awkward conceptualizations of this sort: "I earn an average of $5,000 a month by December 31." You need to be persistent but flexible, full of dreams but also practical. Dependability is your most important trait but there are many others cited as important, key or critical: your ability to set goals and make plans, a sense of control, the practice of single handling, dedication, vision, visualization, e.g., "ability to visualize is perhaps the most important faculty that you possess."
His conclusions are twenty-one steps, which follow directly from his chapter titles, beginning with "Unlock your potential," "Take charge of your life," "Create your own future," and ending with "Unlock your inborn creativity," "Do something every day," and "Persist until you succeed." Perhaps you just need to read the conculsions.
The book is more about the subtitle "How to get everything you want - faster than you ever thought possible," than it is about goals, goal setting, or developing an enduring goal-setting strategy. There is plenty of stimulation for the unread and moving stories about the author's own path to success.